It’s all getting very festive on the Gold Coast as we get closer to the big day on the 25th December. There are so many wonderfully celebratory Christmas events happening in the run up to Christmas, you won’t want to miss out. Eat your weight in festive treats, sing along to some Christmas carols or maybe watch some Christmas fireworks!
And if you are looking for where to eat Christmas lunch, this Christmas Day dining article will help you out! It won’t be hard to have a very merry Christmas on the Gold Coast so here are our top things to do on the Gold Coast for a great Christmas this December.
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A brand-new show at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary! At the Gold Coast’s number one wildlife attraction, see incredible animals up close and don’t miss Blinky Bill’s Christmas Wish – a must-see live show for kids that will take place daily up until Christmas Day. Packed with story-driven songs and dance routines as Nutsy aims to fulfil his dreams of a white Christmas, Blinky Bill’s Christmas Wish is fun for all the family complete with the chance to snap a picture with Blinky and Nutsy after the show – catch it daily at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary at 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Where: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
When: Daily in December 11:15am – 3pm
Find more information about Blinky Bill’s Christmas Wish at Currumbin Sanctuary here.
A Christmas Carol
One actor, twenty characters, one festive evening! A world premiere of a one-man show retelling Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption and compassion. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge who on a cold Christmas Eve night is taken on a haunting journey by three ghosts and shown the error of his ways, offers a timeless message about greed and the joy of sharing. Will Bligh stars in this unique adaptation recreating Scrooges’s world using lighting, sound and a wooden chair. Experience a dynamic and visceral performance with all of your favourite characters, such as Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim and the three ghosts, as they are brought to life on stage.
Where: Home of the Arts, Bundall
When: Friday 18th and Saturday 19th December
Book tickets to A Christmas Carol here.
Movie World White Christmas
Movie World White Christmas is back in 2021 to ramp up the Christmas cheer with a whopping great offering of sparkling Christmas displays, live entertainment, kids activities and lots more – an unmissable experience for kids and adults alike looking to liven up the excitement for this year’s Christmas countdown. From the spectacular annual White Christmas Parade to festive carolling, live family shows and the brand new Polar Express 4D Experience, there is something to get everyone in the festive spirit at Movie World White Christmas!
Where: Movie World
When: Friday 4th – Sunday 20th December
There are more details on Movie World White Christmas here.
The Night Before Christmas Family Experience
The Night Before Christmas Family Experience at the Southport Sharks, will take you through three specially designed Christmas themed spaces complete with audiovisual effects and entertainment. Get a glimpse into Santa’s magical workshop as you write your letter to Santa to take back to the North Pole or see Rudolph’s own Winter Wonderland while you’re there too.
We can’t forget about Santa’s helpers! Learn a special elf dance created just for you. The day wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Santa himself, of course, so be sure to stop by to take a photo with him and his reindeers while you’re at it. Plus, there will be an opportunity to purchase your own Santa photos snapped by a professional photographer!
Where: Southport Sharks
When: Tuesday 1st – Thursday 24th December
Find more information about The Night Before Christmas Family Experience here.
Gold Coast families love a good Christmas carols event. Our suburbs are filled with these local Gold Coast Christmas carol events that showcase the best of the local carolers. These events support the local community groups and are well worth a visit. There are carols everywhere from Surfers Paradise to your local suburb. Our favourite Christmas carol events across the Gold Coast include:
North Burleigh Carols By The Sea
Join in for a wonderful afternoon and evening of free Christmas entertainment and fun at Ed Hardy Park this December. Presented by Division 12 Councillor Pauline Young, ‘North Burleigh Carols by the Sea’ will provide a festive mixture of children’s activities, food trucks and markets from 4pm to 6pm; followed by Christmas staged entertainment including Carols, Community Groups and Live Music from 6pm to 8pm.
Where: Ed Hardy Park, North Burleigh
When: Thursday 10th December
Find out more about North Burleigh Carols By the Sea here.
Nerang Celebrates Christmas
Take the kids, a picnic blanket, chairs and join the local community for a night of COVID-safe family fun, food and festivities. There will be $2 rides, a sausage sizzle, fairy floss, drinks and a variety of food stalls. Christmas entertainment will start at 3pm, with traditional carols and a visit from Santa from 6pm. The event will finish at 8.30pm.
Where: Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang
When: Saturday 12th December
The details for Nerang Celebrates Christmas here.
Carols by the Lake 2021 – Robina Town Centre
Presented by Division 11 Cr Hermann Vorster in partnership with Robina Town Centre, attendees will enjoy loads of free family fun including live music, kids activities, roving entertainment, Christmas carols, Santa, and so much more! Nearby restaurants and businesses at Robina Town Centre will also be serving up some festive food and special offers. Join Councillor Hermann Vorster, Robina Town Centre, Robina Lions Club, Hope Church and many more for a festive night out with your local community.
Where: Robina Town Centre
When: Saturday 12th December
We have more information on Carols by the Lake here.
Coolangatta Christmas Carols
Sing along to carols, enjoy spectacular festive performances, and settle in for a magical night under the Southern Gold Coast stars. Santa will be making an appearance by plane! The Coolangatta Christmas Markets and food trucks will be open from 4pm to 8pm (Qld time), with the stage show starting at 5.30pm. The event also includes a festive fireworks display.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta
When: Sunday 13th December
Find more details on Coolangatta Christmas Carols here.
Mayor’s Virtual Christmas Carols
The ninth annual Mayor’s Christmas Carols, presented by Mercedes-Benz Gold Coast, is turning virtual for 2020! The FREE, virtual, family-friendly event features the 2020 Gold Coast Music Awards Artist of the Year, Casey Barnes joined by an impressive line-up of headline acts from Mayor’s Christmas Carols events gone by including, David Campbell, Kate Ceberano, Anthony Callea, Emma Pask, Christine Anu, Katie Noonan, Luke Kennedy and Paulini.
To keep the spirit of Christmas alive on the Gold Coast, they hope the special virtual edition of the Mayor’s Christmas Carols will be enjoyed by many families across the city.
Where: An online event
When: Saturday 6th December 6pm
Find the details and link for Mayor’s Virtual Christmas Carols here.
Tis the season to go shopping and what better place to shop than local Christmas Markets. You will be supporting local businesses and you can find gifts for even the fussiest of relatives and friends. The suburbs are full of these local Gold Coast Christmas markets and you can also find a great variety in the city. Some of our favourite Christmas markets are:
Ho Ho Ho Handmade at Surfers Paradise
It’s time to get into the festive spirit and treat yourself, by heading down to the beachside to enjoy a range of local handmade gifts, terrific tunes, sweets and treats, entertainment for Santa’s little helpers, and to have a unique, unforgettable outdoor shopping experience in paradise. You’ll find sand and market stalls…not snow along The Esplanade in Surfers Paradise from 4pm ‘til 9pm. It’s time to fill those Christmas stockings, or those empty spaces under the tree, because with over 100 stalls you’ll find it pretty hard not to treat yourself with.
Where: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
When: Saturday 19th December
Find more details about Ho Ho Ho Handmade at Surfers Paradise here.
Robina Christmas Markets
At Robina Christmas Markets, there will be homemade jewellery, boutique candles and one-off wares alongside some tasty gourmet foods and pretty florals – there is something for everyone on your list! The markets will kick off from 6:00 am for the early birds and run until midday. The best part? You get to feel pretty darn good about shopping small this Christmas and making a real difference in somebody’s life – it’s win-win!
Where: Robina Pavilion, 227 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina
When: Saturday 19th December
Find more information about Robina Christmas Markets here.
December Coomera Country Market
Friendly relaxed market with stalls that will have something for everyone. Food, handcrafts, clothing, fishing lures and so much more. Grab your Christmas list and see how much you can tick off at this market.
Where: Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera
When: Sunday 20th December
Find out more about December Coomera Markets here.
Community Christmas Markets
The Markeri Food Centre at 90 Markeri Street, Mermaid Waters comes alive with that night market vibe at the Community Christmas Markets presented by Yuen’s from 4pm to 10pm. We may not be able to travel around the world, but our taste buds can! Enjoy a wide range of international cuisines plus market stalls and entertainment. Buy gifts for Christmas from local businesses and craftspeople. It’s time to get your Christmas party started and celebrate!
Where: 90 Markeri Street, Mermaid Waters
When: Saturday 12th & 19th December
Find the details of Community Christmas Markets here.
Palm Beach Farmers’ Market
Head along on Christmas Eve and stock up ahead of the holiday festivities with this special seasonal edition of Palm Beach Farmers’ Market. All your favourite stallholders will be there, as well as special guest, Santa Claus! You will find Santa strolling through the market from 7am-10.30am.
Where: Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
When: Thursday 24th December
You can find more information on Palm Beach Farmers’ Market here.
Photos with Santa
For some families, part of the Christmas time tradition is to get a family photo with Santa. This year the photos will be socially distanced, but there is still a variety of places to go to get the photos done. This includes shopping centres, local Christmas carol events, Gold Coast Christmas markets and you can even get a photo with Santa with your beloved fur baby at some pet shops!
Meeting Santa for most kids is exciting but if your child has a sensory process disorder like autism, it can be a challenging experience. Some shopping centres are now offering ‘Sensory Santa’. They create a calm and sensory-friendly photo session with dim lights and no music or loud noises.
Christmas Lights Bus Tours
*Update for 2020: Murrays Bus Tours will not be providing bookable Christmas Light Bus Tours on the Gold Coast in 2020. However, they are available for private charters. So you might consider getting friends and family together to book a private charter and use our Christmas Lights Gold Coast map to navigate your way to the best lights on the coast!
Jump on board a bus and take the tour around the streets of the Gold Coast. The tour departs nightly from Home of the Arts Centre, Bundall Road, Bundall and from the City of Gold Coast office 833 Southport Nerang Road, Nerang at 7pm returning back by 10pm.
Christmas Eve box ideas
There is a growing tradition of giving kids a Christmas Eve Box on the 24th of December to get them right into the spirit of Xmas. Some families I know use this additional gift as a way to get the kids to go to bed without a fuss on Christmas Eve. Whatever your reason for creating a Christmas Eve box, we’ve put together a few ideas for your kids (and one for the mummas too!) You can find all the details including pricing and where to buy their contents here.
Get ideas for your Christmas Eve boxes in our detailed guide here.
Christmas charity options on the Gold Coast
Another idea for the festive time of year is to spend some time volunteering for a charity. It’s a great way to give back and so much life experience for the children to be involved in. For a Christmas family activity with a difference think about donating to some of these great Christmas charity initiatives.
Christmas on the Gold Coast
So there is our list, we would love to hear if you think we left something off as we am always looking for new adventures. Pack the snacks, put on some comfy shoes and get out and enjoy all that the Gold Coast has to offer at Christmas time.
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